Politics

What Can You Buy With $3.6 Billion?

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Lindsey Boerma
Oct. 26, 2010, 3:55 p.m.

What re­ces­sion? The lousy eco­nomy may be hurt­ing most Amer­ic­ans but the politi­cians and con­sult­ants hop­ing to win your votes are en­joy­ing a boom eco­nomy.

Can­did­ates for Con­gress have spent more than $3.6 bil­lion on this elec­tion so far, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Re­spons­ive Polit­ics, and they’re still burn­ing through the cash.

Since all of them in­sist they’re for help­ing av­er­age Amer­ic­an fam­il­ies, the Na­tion­al Journ­al staff was curi­ous to know how else they might have spent all that money on our be­half. How would Amer­ic­ans feel if, in­stead of at­tack ads, slick mail­ers, and rob­ocalls, our politi­cians lav­ished us with:

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Be­low: #1

1. Tu­ition For 62,548 Stu­dents At Amer­ica’s Most Ex­pens­ive Uni­versity:

For­bes re­cently lis­ted Sarah Lawrence Col­lege as the na­tion’s pri­ci­est school, with a tu­ition rate of $57,556, in­clud­ing room and board. That’s a lot of high­er edu­ca­tion.

See what else you could buy for $3.6 bil­lion: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12

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